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'We have to get Liberty rocking again for Reds'

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 21, 2012

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GARRY Monk believes it is vital Swansea City build on last weekend's victory over Newcastle when in-form Liverpool visit the Liberty on Sunday.

After a stuttering start to the season, Brendan Rodgers's team appear to be finding top gear.

Their comprehensive 3-0 win over Wigan made it seven Premier League games unbeaten and in Luis Suarez they have the division's top scorer.

Suarez struck twice against the Latics to take his top-flight total for the season into double figures.

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"They are really hitting form and they will be looking to get something from the Liberty — that's why we have to have the place rocking once again," said Monk.

"When teams come to our place they are expecting a tough time on the pitch. So to hear nearly 20,000 Jacks singing their hearts out to push us on makes it even harder for the opposition."

After Liverpool, Swansea face high-flying West Brom at the Liberty next Wednesday and Monk admitted the win at St James' Park had provided a major confidence boost.

Swansea have not lost in four games in all competitions and beat the Reds 3-1 in the Capital One Cup during that run.

Rodgers returns to SA1 this Sunday for a match Monk is pushing to be involved in.

The club captain has been partnering Ashley Williams in defence since Chico Flores suffered a dead leg in Anfield.

That came after he looked set for the exit door earlier in the season when only a back injury prevented a loan move to Bristol City.

With Flores close to full fitness, Laudrup must decide whether to recall the man he signed from Genoa for £2.5 million in the summer or stick with Monk.

The former Southampton centre-back impressed in his second-half appearance against Liverpool and in draws with Chelsea and Southampton.

He also performed well against Newcastle where Swansea came within seconds of keeping a clean sheet.

Demba Ba prevented the shutout as he struck an injury-time consolation goal for the Magpies.

But that was not enough to deny Swansea victory after Michu and Jonathan de Guzman had already struck for the visitors.

"Three points in this league is massive, so to go to Newcastle and win up there in that environment was fantastic for us," added Monk.

"The performance deserved three points, and so did the fans.

"They were right up in that top corner, but made a lot of noise and we could hear them loud and clear on the pitch. It really inspired us, hearing them signing away.

"To give them three points for travelling all that way was extra special.

"Now we have to build on that result.

"We have two really important home games against two top sides in Liverpool and West Brom."

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